16th August
Blessed Maria Sagrario of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Virgin and Martyr

OCD: Optional memory

She was born at Lillo (Toledo) on 8th January 1881. A pharmacist by trade, she was one of the first women in Spain to be admitted to this qualification. In 1915 she entered the Carmel of St Anne and St Joseph in Madrid. Through her spirit of prayer and her love for the Eucharist she was a perfect embodiment of the contemplative and ecclesial ideal of the Teresian Carmel. She was Prioress of her community when she was martyred on 15th August 1936. It was a grace she longed for and accepted in perfection of faith and ardent love for Christ...



Entrance Antiphon - Ps 33:18
The Lord will hear the just when they cry out; from all their afflictions he will deliver them.

Opening Prayer
O God,
who by a spirit of prayer and devotion to the Eucharist prepared Blessed Maria Sagrario to suffer martyrdom, grant that we, through her example, may freely spend our lives for you by faithfully and constantly fulfilling your will. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever.

Prayer over the Gifts
Lord, you gave Blessed Maria Sagrario the fulfilment of her faith in the vision of your glory. May the gifts we bring to honour her memory gain your pardon and peace. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon - 2 Cor 4:11
We are given over to death for Jesus, that the life of Jesus may be revealed in our living flesh.

Prayer after Communion
Lord, may this food of heaven bring us a share in the grace you gave the martyr, Blessed Maria Sagrario From her bitter sufferings may we learn to become strong and by patient endurance earn the victory of rejoicing in your holiness. Grant this through Christ our Lord.